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Previous Thread: >>1813725
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The other thread is nowhere near the image limit. Still on page 2.
Given how slow /n/ is, it will probably be four days before it's on page 6.

So... why did you make a new one? You don't seem to have a pressing question.
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>>1815344
fuck off cunt. bqg has been moving quickly these days
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>>1815336
yes 650b is the goat wheelsize for gravel
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>>1815330
He's got my vote!
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are these viable to be tied onto bike helmets?
there's no way they'll hurt the safety of it right?
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>>1815395
>there's no way they'll hurt the safety of it right?
Only if you count increasing the odds of being intentionally run over.
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Who else makes steel road bike framesets with steel fork and rim brake under $1000? Not SOMA, want to try a different brand. New of course.
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>>1815400
Surly
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It is a casual bike. Is my outer tire fucked now?
Went cycling for the first time in months and I got this this right away.
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>>1815485
Inner tube might be patchable but the hole in the tire will probably be big enough that the inner tube would push through. While you're replacing it check it didn't fuck up the rim strip anywhere important. Doesn't look like it's at a spoke but can't tell for sure.
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>>1815425
Heavy generic 4130 steel, its shit. Needs to have Tange, Reynolds, or equivalent.
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>>1815508
>poor person wants good steel
Used market exists just for you
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>>1815512
>1000 dollar budget for frame is poor
Its just stupid to pay more when you can buy a new honda 100cc motorcycle for $1800. I already dumped $2500 into another build and I feel regret because its too much for what it is.
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do you really need to remove tubeless rim tape residue?
im redoing the rim and the glue left behind is still sticky
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>>1815514
Ok? High quality steel frames are a luxury product and priced to match. You know a V12 E-type is a worse car than a piece of shit 2020 330i right? Which one do you think costs more?
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>>1815508
you are retarded
plenty of tange and reynolds frames have plaingauge 4130 and are worse than a surly.


the other anon is exactly right. If you want high spec steel at a good price, buy an old bike.
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>>1815519
Do you really want to halfass your setup because you were too lazy to spend 5 minutes cleaning the rim?
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>>1815520
>>1815521
>You have to heckin pay more for a new steel road bike than a motorcycle goy, its a heckin LUXURY product!

I'm going to go with the chinks then because they have actually reasonable prices for the same thing. With this frame and other chink parts I can in theory build a sub 9kg bike for under 1k. Everything is made in China anyway, at least I won't be overpaying.
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Just ordered a State Co. Core Line Ghoul. process of assembling, realized that the front wheel touched the top tube of the bike. Are the wheels too big, or am I doing something wrong? I’m a complete noob so I’ve probably messed up somewhere.
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>>1815544
>crossposting from reddit
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>>1815544
The stem is facing the wrong direction, flip fork 180 degrees, untighten stem, turn stem back into right direction, tighten.
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>>1815537
>nooooo haha no name steel sucks
>instead maybe just get this no name steel
Not a retarded steel elitist like you but have also been looking at those frames and considering it. Please post your experience here if you get one and this isn’t yet another boring larp like most of the posts here
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>>1815549
I don't necessarily care about the specific alloy, I just care about the frame being light, and that means using a good alloy. Even though this chink frame uses an "R625" alloy its far lighter than my SOMA with tange tubing.
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>>1815537
It's always a good question, what affects quality in a real way on a bicycle?

Take pic rel. Is that really true?
Geometry is something you can easily copy, is tubing used the only other relevant detail?

I wish i had the info but they deleted their website, I remember reading on Bob Jackson that one of the things they thought differentiated their frames was they weren't build in a jig. So basically, the cheap way of building a bicycle frame is you align all the tubes in a jig, then join them all together. But that act of joining them, tiging, or lubs, moves the frame, and so when it's done you have to bend it back into alignment which severely weakens it. That means the superior way to build a frame is to re-align each tube after each joint. That takes WAY longer but gives you a stronger frame. Now, does that even matter, or does it just mean the 'badly' built frame is slightly more likely to break, which is highly unlikely anyway? Is it a matter of pride or something that affects anything? I really don't know.

My guess is that you could theoretically buy cheap chinese frames which are just cheap because there's no profit and no middle man and they're well made but you might equally likely buy frames which have no real standards or oversight and are out of alignment or poorly designed and that normally what you'd pay for with a 'real' company is a refined design and people who care about their product riding well and will actually develop that, on the flipside, couldn't that ip all just be copied at no cost to you from some chinese company? Yes, but will it have been?

This is just me rambling and really i should just say you're combining too many memes in how you view bicycles.
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>>1815552
will aliexpress really give...
"the perfect you"
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>>1815552
Most of these "real" and "reputable" brands buy the exact same shit from China and just rebrand it. Its true for almost all carbon frames, I would much rather trust chink steel than chink carbon.

>too many memes
Everything is memes then, at least I have the best ones
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>>1815552
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTDQ9vtoxTo
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>>1815554
I just can't see actually believing that steel is real and then also wanting to race to the bottom and spend more than you should on having it be new and then wanting it to be sub 10kg jsut fucking retarded
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>>1815546
and how would you know, unless you are on there yourself?
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>>1815555
>HELLO
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>>1815556
Have you seen used steel frames? Anything under 800 is rusty and fucked up. Also old frames use quill stems that are hard to setup and adjust, I want a modern steerer tube design. I'm not retarded, I'm genius.
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>>1815559
...
everything you said is wrong or stupid

where do you live
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>>1815559
>quill stems are hard to set up and adjust
maybe bikes aren't for you bud.
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>>1815551
That’s fair and if weight is your focus then weight is your focus. Outside of hectic sustained climbs however I would guess that the stiffness of your Tange frame is likely to lead to more efficiency than the light weight of the Chinese one. Set them up equal and post results here if you test them, be interesting
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>>1815559
what you're asking for is meme tier. just take the plunge and go to aluminium/carbon like everyone else. ribble makes the steel endurance 725 but it has a carbon fork.
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>>1815557
I have a reddit guy who keeps me appraised
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>>1815560
Tri-Faggot Area, United Socialist States of America

>>1815561
I've built a frame up with minimal tools, no stand lol.

>>1815562
My soma doesn't feel that stiff, my 1k carbon chink special feels stiffer.

>>1815563
I just hate carbon forks dude, they're everywhere now and I hate the idea that I need to replace it after a crash because there's no way to tell if the carbon underneath is damaged. Carbon is fragile shit and I hate it, aluminum = carbon fork.
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>>1815567
just don't crash lmao
and a decent road carbon fork can probably be had for $100-250, it's not the end of the world if it breaks
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>>1815567
just dont crash lmao just like do not crash your bike
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>>1815564
go back faggot

>>1815567
pressing x on your "build"
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>>1815570
>>1815571
Its not just crashing, you can't apply any latteral force on the carbon because its weak as shit when you do. Using a regular rear bike rack that holds it by the top tubecan ruin it. Fuck that, im not babying my bike, im going to corner it at 20mph in the wet and maybe crash, and ill be cool doing it.

>Captcha: VAXDK
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>>1815581
you're being ridiculous. the fork is plenty durable for riding, just don't clamp things to it which you shouldn't be doing on a road bike anyway. holding it by the top tube isn't an issue with aluminium/steel. crashing isn't a thing, just get good tires and use a sensible tire pressure and have reasonable skills. it won't break from just falling over, the impact is all on the handlebars and wheel axle, it's more like if you crash into a car which would wreck a steel bike too.
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trek domane al 2 is only $1100 for the complete bike not just the frameset and it's 9.57 kg, the ride quality is excellent with the curved fork and formed frame tubing
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>>1815585
I already crashed my carbon bike once and now there's small cracks on the fork and i can't tell whether its safe to ride still. Company who made the bike can't even sell me a matching replacement fork, can't even find a aftermarket fork that fits the frame. Carbon is shit, its for single use toys used in UCI races.
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>>1815587
>8 Speed
>$1100
Normie mainstream bikes are a ripoff, at that price and aluminum it should be 10 speed.
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>>1815588
regardless of your concerns you have unrealistic demands, if you're going to be a luddite you should accept having older tech like a quill stem or go to a very expensive niche framebuilder

>>1815590
inflation is a thing grandpa
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>>1815592
No, I will not accept being ripped off by lefty bike hippy kikes. My demands are realistic, and they will be met at a reasonable price by the chinese. I will go my own way and use based chink steel infused with the souls of dead factory workers. Based China fighting inflation by starving the peasants to give me cheap bike parts.
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>>1815590
>at that price 10 speed
10 speed shift/gear pattern is literally worse for a new roadie
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>>1815596
you think you're avoiding being memed but all your hopes and dreams and ideas are dictated by those memes
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>>1815597
If you can't understand how to not crosschain on a 10 speed the first time you should live in a assisted living facility for the retard. Get a reputable chinese carbon frame and throw a 11 or 12 speed sensah(sram) groupset on it and get the same bike for $1000 that trek sells for $5000. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVKzUHCl3_A

>>1815598
Everything is memes, I embrace the best ones.
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>>1815600
delusional
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>>1815605
I think you spelled "based" wrong.
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>>1815607
>calling yourself based
cringe
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>>1815600
it's not about crosschaining, its about close steps between gears
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This Chinese/Reynolds dichotomy retard is the best thing to happen to this board in months
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>>1815610
>8 vs 10 speed
>8 speed is better because closer steps
Does not compute. Do you mean that lower gears are further up on the cassette? You can get a wide range 10 speed cassette for not much that fixes that.
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>>1815612
i mean that close steps between gears are not good for a beginner.
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>>1815611
Its not a dichotomy, I would prefer reynolds if it was only three times the price of chink steel, not ten times more. When its either $3000 for a custom reynolds, or $400 for a chink frame that's 80% as good, chink is the far better choice.

>>1815613
How? If anything its better for beginner because there cadence wouldn't be as flexible. Anyways there are plenty of custom 10 speed cassettes that give up close steps for larger range, I have a wide 11-34 cassette on my 11 speed. Also, I don't give a fuck about beginners
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>>1815615
ribble endurance 725 is $1k + shipping to the US with triple butted reynolds steel, reasonable quality and a proper modern tapered head tube, the only "compromise" is that it has a carbon fork, get over it
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>>1815616
and they have full builds with 10/11 speed for $1.3-1.6k
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>>1815616
No I wont get over it, carbon is shit. I want to crash my bike and have it survive. Also its 1.3k pounds, not dollars, you britbong. I can build a full carbon 12 speed under 8kg from chink parts for $1.5k because im not handicap or retard.
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>>1815587
>trek domane al 2 is only $1100
>only
That shit was $700 in 2019
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>>1815622
set the shipping country to the US you boomer it says the price in dollars
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>>1815624
Still $1.3k, if im going carbon im going chink so at least i don't waste too much on a plastic toy.
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lol at wanting to have a 2kg heavier steel bike because you're too inept to keep it from crashing and being paranoid about it breaking from a minor fall as if you can't inspect the steerer tube etc
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>>1815626
i had a bike that came with a $50 aliexpress fork, it was total shit and i ended up returning it, the alignment will be off and it will be too flexy and not particularly durable
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Stay strong Chinese retard. You have support here.
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>>1815627
more like 1kg, im not inept, im drunk (sometimes)

>>1815629
Yeah there are still shit parts from chink, but there are reputable brands that make good frames for big manufacturers who rebrand them and charge 3-7x more. Everything is chink now, even shimano, because chinkland are the only ones where theirs still cheap labor and making bike parts is not 'beneath' them like in the west.
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>>1815634
The good Shimano is made in Japan and the decent Shimano is made in Malaysia. At most the garbage walmart shit is made in china.

The "$300 aliexpress frames are the same as Specialized except without the logos" is delusion. Even if the fairy tale about it being made by the same people in the same factory with the same molds etc. were real the one you bought from Specialized would be the one that *didn't* fail QC then get salvaged from a dumpster to sell to gweilo for half price.
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>>1815642
Even hambini says the chinese shit is better than alot of brand name shit. Of course not for 300, its more like 600, but still reasonable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkKFFZluhNA
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>>1815646
The good china stuff comes from actual companies trying to build a reputation, not no-name aliexpress knockoffs of western brands. And the one time Hambini reviewed a chinese frame that was obtained anonymously instead of being sent to him for free as a review special it turned out to be shit.
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I want to switch my shitty grip shifters for aliexpress trigger shifters. Is there anything I need to keep in mind? How hard is it to do?
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>>1815653
Get friction thumbies
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>>1815653
It's easy
cutting housing if you're gonna re-cable is the thing you can fuck up.
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>>1815656
Will check out

>>1815658
Can I get away with just using the old cables on the new shifters? I'm guessing I need to keep in mind the number of gears as well. I'm pretty sure there's 6x3 on my bike but I keep seeing people mention 21 speeds on their sell listings which confuses me.
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>>1815669
With a friction shifter there’s no setup of any kind and perfect compatibility with every single shifting mechanism
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>>1815670
You're talking about these? I'm guessing you have experience with conversion? Any specific guide you'd recommend?
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>>1815674
not him but dude, -why- are you doing this? Gripshift isn't that bad. I think you'll be annoyed leaving indexing behind.
If the shifting is bad you should try and flush them and re-cable them before you replace.
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/gran_premio_elite.htm
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>>1815670
>no setup of any kind
>perfect compatibility with every single shifting mechanism
nearly fell for the bait there.
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>>1815400
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/gran_premio_elite.htm
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>>1815675
Grip shifters fucking suck
>>1815674
Yeah exactly those. You don’t need a guide but here’s one anyway it’s how I converted my 9 speed: 1) push shifter so it’s not pulling any cable through (cable at derailleur end is longest) 2) run cranks til derailleur moves chain to highest gear 3) pull cable tight and attach to derailleur in normal fashion 4) well done on setting up your friction shifters
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>>1815678
Can you name a derailleur system that can’t be friction shifted?
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>>1815682
that wasn't what anyone said, and you know that.
try harder with you're bait next time lad
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Has anyone here had success in getting Google Maps to update the 'Biking' layer? Either to correct existing things, or add new stuff?
There are so many errors where I am, sort of every combination of "how you could map it wrong" and "what really exists" (an Interstate on-ramp drawn with green dotted lines?).

An example: One MUP is shown as being a 'lane on a 4 lane road', despite being separated by curb and an 8ft berm. For someone who doesn't know the real layout, just looks at a bad map, this error could easily persuade them to not use it at all. Sort of, "I know what traffic is like on that road, no way I would ride a bike there."
This path is 5.2mi, drawn incorrectly for all of that length, even though there are similar paths in a <1 mile radius, mapped correctly. It has been there for a bit over two years, not super new.

There is an option to 'Report a problem', but the issues usually don't fit the predefined categories, so file it under 'Other'? I would guess these reports are never looked at by humans though.
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>>1815682
cambio corsa
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>>1815682
Good luck, dying breed.
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>>1815675
The bike in question is a cheap 200 eur bike I got when I was like 13 and the grip shifters in question are really bad. They're unmarked and feel mushy and overly sensitive, not that it matters cause the gears switch very slowly. 90% of the time I have no idea in which gear I am in. The neighbor's kid has a bike with grip shifters and they're 10x better than mine.
To be quite honest I don't even know what indexing is. Pretty much a newbie. The cables are old as fuck though so I might just do that.

I'm planning on buying a new bike eventually but I want to use this one for basic weight loss and cardio in the mean time.

>>1815680
I'm sure you find it easy but I'll almost definitely find a way to prolong it and shit up something. I'll screencap your post and look up guides online. Thanks.
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>>1815685
just use openstreetmap, stop letting a corporation lead you around by the nose.
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>>1815689
Post plenty of pictures of the conversion anon! Remember that removing grip shifters you’ll probably need longer grips
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>>1815679
>Fork
>Motobecane Advanced Straight Blade CARBON ( 12K ) 700C
looool even bikesdirect can't satisfy anon's neckbeard memes
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>>1815686
>>1815687
Why can’t these be friction shifted lads?
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Suggestions for front canti brakes that fit the 'narrow' standard? Not sure what the real name is. The fork is more narrow at the top, and the pads need to sit in front of the fork legs, not at all between the fork legs & rim.
Right now I'm using a pair of CR720s, where I hacksawed 1/3 of the brake shoe off. Looks very ghetto.
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>>1815697
Interesting ty
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>>1815690
>stop letting a corporation lead you around by the nose
Why do you make this assumption?
I'm very active on OSM, and have been for nearly a decade. I've done much of the mapping for cycling & pedestrian infrastructure in my area.
But that wasn't my original question.

In some ways, Google Maps is certainly a lesser tool. But many more people use it, by several orders of magnitude.
I want to get 'good enough' info about bike routes, etc in front of as many eyes as possible.

In the past I've had some success with Google responding to reports, but... for the past ~2 years their responses are indistinguishable from 'random'.
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>>1815696
it's basically just oldschool brakes designed for sport tourers from when that was a thing.
anything in the mtb or cx era is way wider

pretty annoying especially when a lot of those old brakes don't have proper spring tension adjustment but they can be made to work preddy good

get some gran compes or something
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>>1815692
Good thinking. If it goes well I'll post some pics.
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>>1815705
It's a 1991 Miyata 1000. I've used canti brakes in the past, but didn't realize this old 'narrow type' was a thing. Apart from this spacing issue, it seems to be very nice.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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1815695 (You)
>something something I want a peer reviewed study waaah waah
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>>1815695
Where would you clamp the cable on that derailleur, sweetie?
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>>1815728
It’s just an interesting discussion about non-cable derailleurs little fella
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>>1815396
just fly over the car
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>>1815608
Gotta agree with him here
Seeing the world in narrow Internet "Memes" is a meme itself
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I hate my trp spyre mechanical disk brakes, the force required to get good braking is immense, even with shimano pads. I spent many days truing the rotors and adjusting and its still kinda shit. Will good center pull rim brakes on alu rim have better brake feel? Maybe even cantilevers on a road bike is a good idea?
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>>1815754
You're saying you have a fork/frame that has mounts for 1) disc brakes, 2) canti brakes, and 3) centerpull brakes (assuming you mean the fork crown/brake bridge type, not French style)?
Is this a hypothetical bike, or...?
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>>1815759
No, I'm thinking about a new build and will probably go rim brake because disk brake adjustment is so fucking shit. One frame I'm looking at is a center pull mount, another is cantilever.
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>>1815763
Ah, I gotcha. But I can't give unbiased advice, because I fucking hate disc brakes.
There are good options for both canti & center mount brakes, I've used both kinds, and I would choose either over disc.

Both styles limit your fender choices, if you're the type to use fenders. With a road bike, modern center mount brakes ("dual pivot sidepull") limit you to ~33mm wide tires. With canti brakes width is not an issue (any tire that fits the fork works).
If you do end up with canti brakes, get in-line adjusters. Shimano makes some CB-90, but I've also used "shift only" ones from Jagwire, and didn't die. You'll still have to adjust your pads sometimes, but most often you just turn the little barrel.
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>>1815754
mechanical disc brakes are fine. it sounds like your pads are just not close enough to the rotor. spyres are easy, you just turn the adjustment screw on both sides of the rotor.
there is a possibility that the rotor and pads are contaminated, too. clean both with some isopropyl alcohol.
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>>1815754
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004291042732.html
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>>1815777
I've adjusted it so fucking perfectly you wouldn't believe. There must be like 0.25mm clearance between pads and rotor with no rubbing.
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>>1815763
>>1815772
>>1815777
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>>1815772
That's okay if your biased, I'm also biased against disc brakes after having to work with them. But which do you think gives sharper more effortless braking, dual pivot or cantilever from your experience? I never had anything but discs beside one ancient BSO.
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>>1815787
If you're fine with tire width limitation, dual pivot calipers. They're easier to setup and adjust vs canti brakes.

I like a lot of mid tier Shimano stuff. Even Tiagra level calipers have had those thrust ball bearings (like a ball bearing 'washer') since ~2015. So you don't have to go very high up the hierarchy to get pretty nice calipers.
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>>1815811
Dual pivots are the best brakes possible on a bicycle imo. I’ve never used centrepulls but I’ve used the rest. Very close second and basically the same ranking, hydro discs
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Just got a new bike, but the freehub is nearly silent. Is it over greased or something? I can't ride with my friends if my freehub is silent, this is a real problem.
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Hey anons, I'm an hiker at heart but I crave for something different.
I wanna pack the minimum necessities behind my bike and ride where it'll take me, sleeping in a bivy, stopping in town and discovering new places.
I'd need something
>Good enough for long stretches of road
>Able to handle some off-road
>Comfortable and light
>Preferably not too expensive, price range is something between 700€-1100€ but lower is always better as long as it's decent enough
I'm a eurofag if that matters, please excuse me if my criteria are vague I don't know a lot about bicycle. Attempting like this as a beginner is probably crazy I know but I want to live the journey of a lifetime, with all the struggles
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>>1815554
>Most of these "real" and "reputable" brands buy the exact same shit from China and just rebrand it.
Yeah, but before they rebrand it, their QA department throws out 40% of the frames cause they aren't up to standard.
So you can get a frame from the same factory for 40% less money, but with a 40% risk of getting scrap.
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Anyone here used /own a cruiser? Thinking of getting one for something comfortable and low maintenance for short rides for fun.
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>>1815853
You have 4chan's permission to buy one.
Go forth and cruise!
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>>1815839
How much off-road? If the path is not rocky or doesn't have branches you can manage on a road bike. If you're doing mostly road i'd recommend a dedicated road bike as anything else will feel slow and shitty. Brand-X road bike is what i'd recommend. Its only 7 speed but very cheap and has steel fork so you don't have to worry about carbon fiber, that's what i'd get as a beginner to try it out. You can upgrade it with a 11/12 speed sensah groupset later if you're mechanically inclined. Whatever you do, DO NOT GET DISC BRAKES, has no benefit on a road bike.
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>>1815833
Take a clothespin and clip a baseball card to your seatstay.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c_v5zOlSSA

Don't have a clothespin? Use a piece of tape.
Don't have a baseball card? Use a basketball card.
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>>1815866
Can I use a soccer card, or will that turn me into a socialist pansy?
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>>1815853
if you live in pancake land it'll be fine.
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>>1815866
Excuse me? I'm not putting a baseball card into my DT Swiss™ spokes
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>>1815853
There's a state bike trail that runs through my town, and a local shop has a rental shack with gobs of Schwinn cruisers w/ coaster brakes. The ones with the arch top tube, not the mixte ones.
When I first saw them I thought "no one is gonna use those things".

But there's also a little river next to most of the trail, and plenty of places under 3 miles away to pull off and go swimming. Rope swings with boards strapped to trees, the whole deal.
It's pretty heartening to see normal people enjoying themselves on a bike.

>>1815873
Probably can't make them any worse.
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ITT brainwashed gcn consoomers, holy shit this is the worst bqg in years
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>want a damaged bike to harvest 8 speed derailleur and sprockets off of
>all damaged bikes on sale have excellent frames and damaged drivetrains
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>>1815894
>8 speed
why not just buy new?
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how do I into bike geometry? Is it just something you pick up over time from riding different bikes of different geometry or are there like fundamentals you can just learn from pictures and descriptions?
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>>1815902
nvm found a resource
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tsuKmFAm0Y
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Felt play in my threadless headset and I open it to the bearing ring having a chunk broken. What are my options? If I just do loose balls I would need more balls right?
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>>1815552
>I remember reading on Bob Jackson
Check it out.

If you've ever watched someone build a frame by brazing, it's likely what that site describes. "Using a jig" doesn't imply some downgrade in quality, there's nothing stopping you from doing it piecemeal, and aligning or tweaking things as you go. Compared to tig welding, the shrinkage/distortion isn't as severe, and sequencing isn't as strict.

Because you're probably interested, there are some olde Toyo videos that show a 'freehand' method:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evUMrSziAkA
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>>1815916
Yeah, you can just have loose balls.
Yes, you will need more balls. Go with the max number you can fit, then take one out.
Don't do this: put in max number, and there's like "half a ball" worth of space, so you think "oh, that's good enough", and fail to take one out. That would be wrong.
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>>1815853
Later this summer I'm going to build up my Ofo with a single speed coaster brake. I'm going to put some real boomer cruiser bars on it too. Don't know if that counts
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>>1815923
Thanks for the advice, can I just go to a hardware store to get them?
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>>1815916
make sure it hasn't fucked up your races.
>>1815942
from my experience, not really. your local bike shop might have some, but a some don't because they only stock cartridge bearings. you can buy a shit ton of them in bulk online. get grade 25 and be mindful of where you're buying.
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>>1815900
This. I just got a cassette for 14 dollars on sale. I don't blame him though a derailleur is going to be like 30 bucks fuck that
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where can I find more bikes to feed my addiction to fixing bikes?
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>>1815916
Races are fine but this little rubber seal that goes under the bearing ring is fucked
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Imagine
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>>1815955
the local coop sometimes has volunteer positions for mechs, a good and productive way to satisfy biketism needs
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I was just riding my bike for the first time in many months, and my ears started to really hurt after a few minutes. Is that normal? It wasn't very cold or windy
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Do you like bikes?
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>>1816001
Not anymore I think it’s evolved into something bigger biking doesn’t even bring me joy anymore it’s not something I want anymore it’s something I need it’s just simply what I do and what I am now I don’t think there’s any going back I already destroyed multiple relationships by spending all my free time biking
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im buying tubolitos for my litewate bmx bikes.
i noticed the presta valve'd tubolitos are 14g lighter than shrader tubolitos. thats a whole half oz of rotating weight!

i was under the impression that presta valves are only like 4 or 5 grams lighter than shrader, whats the deal???

67g vs 58g for presta vs shrader tubolitos....
gonna be hard to convince myself to go with shrader, fuck
i know i shoullllld go with shrader.
>i weighed the aluminum presta valve adaptor and it was only 0.8g
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>>1816023
>should go with shrader
why
presta is better
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>>1816023
>67g - 58g = 14g (= 350 farts)
I see you're right in tubolito's target market
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>>1815330
fat cunt of course he would never get on a bike
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>>1816037
when he started 'tour de trump' in the 90s he said it would be bigger than the tour de france.
And also said he hadn't ridden a bike since he was 7 and that bikes now are hardly even bikes they are so different and he doesn't plan to ever ride a bike again
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>>1815588
I've wiped out steel and al forks in crashes, and have ruined a few nice frames too. one and done crashes are not exclusive to carbon, especially with racing bikes
>>1815592
>unrealistic demands
being able to easily replace your fork is not an unrealistic demand. the trend towards proprietary integrated cockpits with no parts availability even for simple stuff like headsets is the most cancerous thing in the modern bike industry
>>1816001
as a concept yeah
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>>1816025
>why
>presta is better
1. shrader doesnt have pin failures anywhere near as often as presta
2. fits in my rims without adaptor
3. fits all my bmx friends tire pumps, and air compressors at gas stations and friend's garages

cons:
its 14g heavier
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>>1816046
>3. fits all my bmx friends tire pumps, and air compressors at gas stations and friend's garages
that's the real reason

the rest is nonsense. Gromets are fine and the valves are only ever damaged when luddites go at them at an angle with pump heads.
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>>1816049
A Luddite is someone that opposes industrialisation and progress anon, not just someone stupid or someone you don’t like
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>>1816055
the presta valve is a symbol of social and technological progress
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>>1816060
I kneel
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>>1816045
the combination "modern steerer" and steel fork is ridiculous, you will make unreasonable compromises just to achieve that, either by buying a low quality frame from china or an extremely expensive custom frame, even that bikesdirect bike has a carbon fork >>1815693
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>>1816045
also the integrated headsets are reasonably standardized if you avoid bikes with internal cable routing and very specific brands/models that do their own thing with proprietary stuff
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>>1815544
Your fork is backwards retard, just untighten stem, turn fork 180° while holding the handlebar then tighten it back.
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>>1816099
>>1815544
Also you will need to reroute the front brake but that is the price of being an idiot
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>>1816100
>idiot
>replying to a day-old post with the same answer everyone else already gave
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I got gifted an older e-bike. The only thing I know about it is that the brand is Batavus. It seems to be in good condition though. Is there anything I need to do? Do the batteries require any sort of maintenance?
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>>1816108
The bike itself needs maintenance. The batteries need replacement.
Batavus is a Dutch brand so it should be decent enough, maybe you'll even find a replacement battery for it.
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>>1816110
Is there a reason to replace the battery as long as it seems to work fine?
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>>1816123
the max capacity of a battery decreases over time, this is specially noticeable on older batteries. you can keep using it no problem, you'll just be able to go maybe half as far as you should.
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Bar tape colour influences the performance of the grip?

Allow me to explain: in tennis, it is notorious fact that white overgrip is leagues better than coloured overgrip, for reasons tied to chemistry of the material, gripness, weight and so on.

The same applies to bar tape, i.e. white good, black slippery, coloured will fray?
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>>1816108
>Do the batteries require any sort of maintenance?
There's no real "maintenance" for batteries. The closest is taking proper care of it, but you can't really retroactively do that if the previous owner stored them like shit. You use them and then either replace them, or re-cell them.
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>>1815548
>>1816099
it's bait from reddit
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>>1816149
Yes, it has been scientifically proven that using bar tape of the specific color tone of my dick improves grip.

Stop buying bullshit memes like that man. btw, you can't prove anything of what you say and believe, you need Officially Approved Resources and Government's Seal of Approval to do that ;)
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>>1816162
Silly buffoon: polymers are deeply influenced by colours. Tyres, for example, are black because carbon black added to the rubber enhances both grip and wear resistance
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>>1816149
in tennis they change the overgrip after every use, it's not so in cycling, only the pros would change it before an important race stage. and grip is not so important, you don't put much body weight on your hands, you have a pretty relaxed position to ride for hours
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>>1816149
I've used half a dozen different colors of oury grips and fizik microtek tape and never noticed any difference so imo no.
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how do I get a cyclist GF?*
>* (with bike shorts)
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>>1816199
women wearing bike shorts is the 2022 summer trend, no worries
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>>1816202
How do I woo them, with superior climbing abilities? Joining a club?
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>>1816205
by leaving 4chan and never coming back, get to it
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I have a 105 groupset and want more range, was gonna get a roadlink and a 11-40 cassette, is it as easy as just installing the roadlink and cassette and resizing the chain? Has anyone else done this?
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>>1816044
fat cunt wouldn't even get on a stationary bike, his ass is too fat
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Why are rear derailleurs mounted facing down? Wouldn't it make sense to mount them faxing up, for btletter clearance? Or maybe on th same line as the bike frame, sincebl it doesn't depend on gravity to do it's job, only makes sense to take it as far from the ground as possible. Center of gravity would barely change since it's way up there near the rider.
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>>1816210
yes, it's that simple.
>>1816289
try designing a mockup of your idea in your program of choice, you'll quickly realize why it's not done. it's either hanging down, or inside the hub.
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best derailleur ever was shimano rapid rise but retards couldnt into it
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>>1815865
Sorry anon, didn't see the you.
Probably something like 70% road 30% offroad (at most), but most likely 80|20.
What do you think about buying used bike (want to get a decent first bike but I'm a poorfag)
Are gravels a meme also? I live in the Alps so I have a lot of Col I could try to climb, but I also have some dirt roads (inclined) I wanna be able to traverse. Would titanium bikes be fine for my purpose too?
Thank you for the help!
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>>1815839
>>1816308
gravel or touring bike would be good if you really wanna load it up. Used is fine but gravel bikes are somewhat of a new trend so hard to find, you could find some old 80s or 90s mtbs that would fit the bill too. Buying used is ok first but you wont really know what to look for or what to avoid so it helps to get that experience. titanium bikes are a luxury and extremely expensive so if you are a poorfag its not realistic, but yes they are extremely strong and durable and corrosion proof.

surly bridge club would kind of be a nice bike if you are going to buy new. (or somehow find one used)
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If I cant find the exact derailleur pulley set for my 9 speed derailleur (rdm760), would a shimano 9 speed pulley set work (it doesnt list the RDM760 in the supported derailleur list)? https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/service-upgradeparts/105-5800/WP-Y5XH98120.html
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Sorry but I think I might CONSOOM. Anyone know what bar tape this is? Looks interesting.
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>>1816317
Looks shit. $3 ali express plain black for me and telling blokes at the cafe that it’s whatever brand I hear them talking about
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>>1816317
this looks fucking horrible both visually and practically
fabric makes a hex pattern bar tape, its not this but if you like the hexagonal look theres that
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>>1815330
What are some electric and or gas conversions for my Haro mountain bike that won’t cost over a thousand bucks?
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>>1816317
gonna get all nasty in like 2 weeks.
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>>1816317
Nothing beats leather bartape.
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>>1816312
Not guaranteed. Even in Shimano's lineup for the same number of gears there are derailleurs with different pulley sizes. Stick to the compatbility list.
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>>1816199
>how do I get a cyclist GF?*
go to bikeparty and critical mass and socialize with other participants
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>>1816308
Gravel is a meme
just get a rim brake road bike

>>1816310
Surly is overpriced shit
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>>1816341
I'm a frog I don't know about bike parties...
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>>1816344
whats your metro area? I am sure I can find a social ride near you. no, im wont dox you.
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>>1816320
consider trying this, it's a different type than the usual synthetic cork
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002767654716.html
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>>1816343
clueless consoomer
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>>1816358
Gravel is the retarded consoomer meme to buy a new bike that has like 10% more off road capability but feels shit on the road. Unless there are branches or rocks on the trail, a normal road bike with rim brakes will manage just fine while being 100% better feeling on the road.
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>>1816361
But YouTube videos told me I'll immediately get flat if I try to ride my road bike with 25mm tire on anything but well-maintained asphalt.
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>>1816361
gravel bikes are bikes that have always been before greg and lance made everything race bikes. look up randonneuring
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>>1816367
Anything thicker than 32c feels shit on road, gravel tires are shit.
Those ancient bicycles in your photo have more in common with modern road bikes than gravel bikes, also see pic : >>1816361
Jobst Brandt did fuck tons of off roading on a traditional road bike. The only types of bikes should be road or MTB, anything in-between is just shit that's bad on any surface.
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>>1816312
reposting cause I'm retarded
https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/service-upgradeparts/ultegra-6770/WP-Y5X998150.html
https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-SHIMANO-6700-Pulley-y5x998150/dp/B01FKLUCHO
the Shimano website doesn't say explicitly that it supports the M670, but Amazon and a few other sources say otherwise.
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>>1816369
comfortable and fast = shit? weird, also he said hes doing 30% off road, doing singletrack on 30s feels like shit, idc about disc or rim both are good enough, i like cantis but tyre clearance is the limiting factor on traditional rim brake road bikes, as well as no utility in modern ones ( no rack or fender mounts and low max weight) I think you just have never used good wide tyres before, they feel super nice on the road. ultradynamico/renneherse/some of somas or wtb have some good stuff too
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>>1816373
thanks
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>>1816320
sigma male
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>>1816374
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTzmC7kiGZM
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>>1816361
Unironically baffles me how in the early days pratically everything was done in suits
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>>1816389
im not watching your struggling youtube channel
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Can you recommend me a hybrid bike? Seems like there are a million bike companies and models.

Purpose is general utility, I don't plan to use it off-road
>Commuting w/laptop bag
>Carry groceries
>Use it to go on short trips (10-20km max)
>Maybe convert to ebike? Not sure if I will want or need this, need to use it first

I'm in Toronto if that helps
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>>1816365
those tires weren't pneumatic, retard.
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>>1816374
can confirm, i shelled out for an ultradynamico rose front/cava rear in 650b x 48 and it feels insanely nice. it's got me imagining how great some 700c x 38-42-ish rene herse slicks would feel on road
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Got one reply last thread but new or used for a first bike?
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>>1816420
if you go used you can either get lucky and everything just works or you get unlucky and you get a lemon that you unknowingly sink way too much money into or just returns

if you buy new you dont get this problem but the bikes will cost way more

you have to pick your path anon, if you have a friend thats into bikes he can help you or you can ask if "x" looks ok but we can only help so much since we cant be there to inspect it,.

TLDR buying new is the safer bet
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>>1816361
Olde timey hipsters, fixed gear in the mountains, 30" wheels, supremely thicc chains.
I enjoy this picture.
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>>1816149
If you need more grippiness just get a tape designed to be grippy. Haven't noticed a difference between different colors of the same tape personally.
>>1816320
>>1816346
>idiot who uses $3 aliexpress shit has an opinion on bar tape
>>1816361
28mm or less on anything but the smoothest gravel paths isn't fun unless you don't mind slamming on the brakes for every moderately sized rock or rut
>>1816365
You probably will sooner than later. If you must do this and don't particularly want to stop to fix a flat every other ride at the very least switch to tubeless.
>>1816415
They're more or less all the same, just buy from a real bike shop and look for one with a paint job you like, and if your budget allows try to avoid anything with Tourney components on it and/or has a number of gears that is a multiple of 7.
>>1816420
New because new is more fun.
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>>1815958
These drops are 100% useless
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>>1816420
New because you will may immediately encounter problems with used that will prevent you from enjoying your bike. Save getting a used bike for when you have some experience riding and maintaining a bike, so that you know what you want and what to look for.
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Why does no one convert from 1x to 2x? I like the wide range of gearing you can achieve with a 2x but it's less dead weight than 3x - you don't have useless granny gears/less redundant ratios with less front derailleur shifting. Maybe in the case of a 12 speed system you can say doubles are becoming obsolete for the road but most of us aren't riding 12 speeds. I found a cyclocross bike I find interesting - high quality frame and components, great paint - but the 1x drivetrain restricts the range of useable speeds and my main use case is roads.
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>>1816456
On a 2x11 you really only have 14 usable ratios that dont overlap.
Most 1x drive trains are 10 speeds at least so your are not losing much, even gear spacing and range isnt bad if you don't need anything lower than a 1:1 gear.
2x's only advantage is lighter weight and ~5% more efficiency, hence why all race bikes use them.
While my 105 fd works brilliantly, but sometimes i'd switch alot between 2-2,3,4 and need to trim the fd to avoid rubbing which is kinda annoying.
Also when you are approaching a hill sudden steep hill, dropping down to the small ring can shock my caidence and cause me to loose momentum which is also annoying, would much rather prefer a controlled 4-5 individual clicks on the rear shifter.
Because of these reasons I think my next bike will be 1x.
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>>1816456
It's an expensive conversion unless you do it with used/budget parts
1 GRX shifter is like $200 so is a nice subcompact.

you could easily spend like $500 doing it.

I don't recommend buying a new bike to modify like that it's just not cost effective. 2x gravel bikes exist. Fuck 1x outside of mtbs and beaters.
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guys someone listed this Specialized Roubaix elite on fb for $950
its my size and im looking for a roadbike

Excellent condition
Dura Ace front and rear brakes
Dura Ace front and rear derailleur
105 crank with ultegra pedals
Mavic Open pro rims with Ultegra hubs
Has been on a trainer most of its life
50 cm frame

thoughts on the price?
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>>1816461
no fucking way dude. Buy a new entry level bike instead, aside from the wheels, it'll be better.

That era of Dura Ace is just not desirable, it's not classic, and it's not modern. And no one wants to ride a triple on a road bike.

I'm really not a fan of those old frames with carbon rear stays. At that age it's just an extra sketch factor that you don't want or need.

$600 would be absolute top dollar, that's half the price of a new equivalent, and if you had to part it out you wouldn't get that $600 back. Normally old bikes should cost less than they would in parts value and i think old alloy or carbon road bikes you should just assume the frame might have a crack when you buy them used, so unless they're actually classic for some reason, they're practically worthless, even in great condition.
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>>1816463
thanks, appreciate the insight. gonna keep looking. I have a bike thats good enough for me right now, just want a road specific one.
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>>1816465
Road bikes are awesome but I think you should either spend less or buy something new. Trying to get old high spec and pay top dollar for it is stupid.
Imo look in shops
try find something with claris or sora, rim brakes, and a carbon fork, like pic rel, and paint you like.

bonuses would be, under $1000, in-series external bearing crank (unlike pic rel), in-series brakes (ie shimano not tektro) and nice wheel/ tire spec.

It's doable for ~$1000. A nice one will be better than something fancy from 15 years ago.
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>>1816432
>>idiot who uses $3 aliexpress shit has an opinion on bar tape
you haven't even tried it. most name brand stuff is a rip off when it comes to this type of thing, there hasn't been any real innovation in decades
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>>1816199
unironically I've seen way more women out riding in 2022 than previous years
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certain chinese stuff on aliexpress is really decent quality. you would be surprised.
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>>1816468
Not him but i have tried them. I've used pic rel on a few bikes. In pictures they look like ESI or Redmonkey grips which cost 20 times as much. I thought they might be as good but they really are not. The $$ grips are WAY nicer.

Nice grips or bartape is one of the first things i'd spend money on. Chinkshit grips/tape has a valid niche and that's as a superior alternative to old ratty shit on poverty builds.
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>>1816470
this is true generally though
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>>1816474
that's not really comparable to bar tape, name brand bar tape is a huge meme it's either generic cork tape below $10 or shitty hypebeast memes like $30+ supacaz and such
there are probably better budget grips suggestions that you can find on youtube like seth bike hacks/berm peak
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and this >>1816346 is fundamentally a different type of tape, it's softer and weighs less, it depends on what your preferences are if you'll like it or not though
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>>1816470
half the stuff on amazon is just imported in bulk from alibaba/aliexpress and sold under different brand names at a markup. usually it's cheaper after shipping just to get the amazon version but it really depends

>>1816474
idk why you thought those would be anywhere near decent, from the pic they are clearly garbage cheap grips that won't last and won't be comfortable.
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>>1816478
>idk why you thought those would be anywhere near decent, from the pic they are clearly garbage cheap grips that won't last and won't be comfortable.

Nah.
They look exactly like these Redmonkey grips that i love. Or like ESI grips.
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>>1816420
used if you have more time than money
new if you have more money than time
whats your budget?
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>>1816476
>that's not really comparable to bar tape, name brand bar tape is a huge meme it's either generic cork tape below $10 or shitty hypebeast memes like $30+ supacaz and such

I think it's true for bartape as well. My favorite bartape is fizik superlight microtec stuff now called 'tempo'. I've tried the lifeline version and an aliexpress knockoff and neither of them were nearly as nice.
I even think it's true for cork tape. I used to hate cork tape before trying Ritchey and ITM stuff which is quite good.

I'm not against cheap tape and grips and it's definately better than worn out stuff but i just have refined taste and like touching nice things with my hands and chang doesn't satisfy that.
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>>1816474
Should've gotten the fake ODIs, dumbass.
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>>1816484
i don't even like real ODIs
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>>1816485
The point is that the "ODI" ones are dense silicone foam like ESI are and the unbranded ones are just crumbly foam most of the time, the price difference is like a dollar anyways.
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>>1816487
link me what you're talking about
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>Ride with my bso hybrid so I can do some cardio
>dense traffic in the road
>feel butthurt from cagies slowing me down
>ride like a retard on the shitty side path on the side of the road
>it's made out of gravel, large rocks, and other trash
>front tyre sidewall got rekt
>omg, almost got into an accident/died >shameful 15km walk home
Patience is a virtue, anons, don't be a retard like me. Ride smart. I will also substitute cycling with doing jump ropes sets for 30 minutes.
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>>1816488
https://m.aliexpress.com/item/1005003329738500.html
As far as I know ODI doesn't have such a product but these are ubiquitous over at AliExpress.
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>>1816490
I bet you they are exactly the fucking same as what I bought.
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>>1816491
Well then I dunno, the ones I got for a friend a while back did feel like silicone foam. Got the light blue ones if that matters.
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>>1816492
hmm maybe i'll try em one day

not saying the ones ive tried are bad even just no way as good as $$ grips
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>>1816426
>That brake
There should be a modern version of that, that's actually genius using the tire as the braking surface.
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what do you do when tubeless puncture fails to seal?
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>>1816514
Install inner tubes
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>>1816361
Wait both on the left are on their pedals? Are they holding each other up?
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>>1816530
>looks at image
>asks question that is answered by looking at the image
why are you like this?
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>>1816514
realize you got meme'd
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>>1816489
shoulda filtered through the middle, dummy
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>>1816531
Because I don't have a cycling buddy to hold me up like that.
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>>1816466
nta but
can I climb mountain roads with any road bike?
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>>1816541
short answer no long answer yes
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>>1816541
theoretically yes
realistically no
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>>1816544
>>1816547
What should I look for then, unfortunately for my beginner ass (and legs) I'm surrounded by mountains. The valley itself is extremely narrow so every interesting cycling "routes" are on the mountain themselves, they're famous for it but it's obviously outside of my grasp.
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>>1816369
get better tires, run em tubeless. jobst was a genetic freak and probably an ayyylmao and trying to do what he did is more foolish than emulating the medical experiments who ride le tour
>>1816402
the world was coming out of a short ice age back then so temperatures were cooler on average, particularly near the north atlantic. riding up a mountain in a heavy wool jacket would still be shit so I wouldn't be surprised if those lads dressed up a bit for the photo
>>1816514
plug it, pump it, and go. I have a plug kit that I take with me tho I've never had to use it
>>1816541
depends on the bike's gearing, your vo2max, and your legs. if the latter two are lacking, get lower gearing
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>>1816548
a basic 8/9 speed road bike with claris or sora like a specialized allez or trek domane will probably have a compact crank 50/34 and a 11-32 cassette.
That's pretty good hill gears, but as a beginner in the mountains wider would probably be better.
Unlike 10/11 speed, an 8 or 9 speed bike can relatively easily be modified to fit a wider cassette, like a 12-36, or a subcompact crank, because unlike 10/11spd, they're compatible with mtb derailers.

Other than that you'd want to buy a gravel bike, with GRX and a subcompact, to have 46/30 and 11-34.
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>>1816557
Thanks a lot anon, I really appreciate it
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Will I notice a difference if I replace an r7000 11-32 casette with a SunRace 11-speed 11-32 casette? The SunRace casette is available, and cheaper. The Shimano casette is not.
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>>1816559
I'd do it. SunRace cassettes are pretty good but you never know what combination gives fucky chordal action.
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Just got a DUI because they found my weed, they took my car and sent me to jail and I had to walk 16 miles back home, now I gotta grab a $3000 gravel bike and go 15 miles to get my car back but all my bike stuff was in my car including both my pumps and both my pressure gauges and my tires are kinda low

I think I have an unregulated CO2 blaster in my frame bag but is that suitable for trying to get to 40psi? It’s presta so no gas station pumps
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>>1816584
>they found my weed

lol crime doesn't pay kid, get it through your head.
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>>1816483
in the last year or two especially the chinks have stepped up their game enormously, you just have to cherrypick the nicer stuff, a noob might think it's all the same because they can't tell the difference from the pics/specs like how some noobs claim that bikesdirect bikes are as good as trek/specialized etc
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>>1816589
aliexpress = good
bikesdirect = bad

this is a truely bizarre cope
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>>1816591
you're being obtuse
with frames, wheels etc there's more complexity and quality difference, you generally get what you pay for
with accessories like bar tape, anyone could do a reasonably good job of manufacturing if they don't squeeze ever last cent of cheaping out on materials etc
accessories are notoriously marked up in price in bike shops, they barely make any money on the actual bikes they need you to buy other stuff too
for example zip ties, generally you're not pushing the limits of their holding strength and there's not much that can wrong because it's the same plastic as the name brand stuff
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>>1816593
Not that they're expensive but I buy name brand zip ties from a proper trade store too
>you're not pushing the limits of zip ties

yes i am
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>>1816584
you can choose to live in a state that's not completely retarded. you don't even have to go to commiefornia.
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Why do cheap bikes usually have gear indicators, but expensive ones usually don't? Why do I have to peek at my cassette to know what gear I'm in? Can anyone explain this to me?
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>>1816643
Maybe because it's seen to be a symbol of a beginner's bike? I feel like it's dumb to assume to a beginner doesn't want a bike they can keep and grow with and have higher quality components on. I have would recommended a Claris bike to someone but I found the indicators on Tourney to be useful when I was just getting started so I ended up suggesting that instead (better match for the budget but I still feel bothered about that and wondered if I gave the right advice).
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>>1816643
If you really want it, they make inline indicators.

But honestly I have Xt on all my mtbs, that have indicators, but I still always glance back when I really want to which gear im on
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>>1816643
pros use their bike computer
casuals just go by feel, they don't go like "oh i need x ratio for this gradient)
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>>1816584
That's really terrible, and I hope things work out for you, but I have no idea as I don't know anything about CO2 canisters.
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>>1816643
why do you need them? honestly it's just fine to ride by feel, and looking down at the rear cassette is a 0.5 sec thing.
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>>1816466
that fork looks absolutely disgusting.
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>>1816728
Not the guy you're replying to, but I sometimes get confused as to which front chainring I'm on when I'm on my 3x8 hybrid bike. On a 2x, it's completely obvious.
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>>1816728
>>1816675
I don't need them, was just asking out of curiosity as to why it is like that, I just find the omission of them on more expensive bikes rather odd.

Cheap bikes have them
Medium-high don't
High end bikes do again via bike computers
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>>1816732
>I don't need them
Answered your own question.
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>>1816675
cable routing is too tight now for those
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>>1816730
it's curved like a nice steel fork would be, it improves the ride quality
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My bike sounds like an autistic Guinea pig, the frequency marches the pedals
Should I try to change the bearings or add some grease?
Will post pics if necessary
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>>1815330
What's a comfortable bike seat for a woman who commutes on pavement?
SO is complaining that her current seat is giving her vagina blisters and making her too sore to sit down during the day
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I dont have a bike and want one for one ride.
Got stolen many years ago and honestly not even sure i could ride one after this long but i want to explore a bit and may even consider renting or buying a shitty one.

So my question is, is it ok to ride on sidewalks? Europe btw.
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>>1816742
have you tried cleaning and lubing the chain?
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>>1816748
ride in the streets, coward.
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>>1816732
extra weight for something only noobs care about. same reason you won't see kickstands, reflectors, or dork discs on any medium-high end bikes
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>>1816732
>too easy to pedal
shift up
>too hard to pedal
shift down
that was easy
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>>1816751
yeah i think ill walk thanks.
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>>1816748
>So my question is, is it ok to ride on sidewalks? Europe btw.
no it's literally illegal in many countries. in europe the sidewalks are too small, it's not like in america. on a nice bike you will be confident enough to ride in traffic anyway.
https://www.reddit.com/r/FixedGearBicycle/comments/vaqstz/getting_smoked_by_fixed_gear_riders_in_nyc/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbCzWRnKCaI
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>>1816748
Do you see a lot of people riding bikes on the sidewalk where you live? If yes, you probably can ride on the sidewalk without getting in trouble as long as you don't go fast.
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>>1816763
>umm, scared bitch beginner, you should ride on the road
>*links death wish stunt cycling video*

You might as well just link Brian Safa, and tell him you're supposed to ride like that or don't ride at all.
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>>1816750
Not yet
Thx for the advice m8
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>>1816767
this guy is riding kinda fast on gravel and there is some footage of him riding on the road too, it's not that crazy to ride like that if you have the right type of bike for it
https://www.reddit.com/r/gravelcycling/comments/vjvtey/gravel_ride_around_flagstaff_and_a_monsoon_on_the/
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>>1816559
Maybe, but it'll work and in the chink flu era you gotta take what you can get sometimes. You can look for ultegra or duraace cassettes too (not the new 12 speed ones) if you don't mind paying more.
>>1816584
>now I gotta grab a $3000 gravel bike and go 15 miles to get my car back
As in you're spending $3000 on a new bike just to travel 15 miles? Retard stoner. A co2 pump will get to any pressure you need, assuming you have a big enough cartridge.
>>1816643
Used to have them on my old bike with last-gen claris and missed them on my new one. You get used to it though.
>>1816746
Don't have one myself but I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to sit on your vag. Just go into a shop and get something squishy.
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What do normies probably think when I enter my aerotuck?
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>>1816829
They just want to get their car away from you as soon as possible.
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>>1816746

sir, this is a Wendys.
you should probably ask somewhere where women post.
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>>1816746
sounds more like a friction issue with what she's wearing and/or a fit issue where she's not upright enough. idk much about vaginaes though I've never seen one
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>>1816829
Depends how fast you're going.
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>>1816746
>my vulva’s shifting shape and size, every year they would have tracked its slow descent into a swollen hell with a hole.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/mar/26/hannah-dines-saddle-research-pain-swelling-female-cyclists
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>>1816746
could be her saddle is tilted up. might be worth trying tilting it down
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>>1816805
God I would’ve loved to do that just to say I got a DUI and immediately bought a new $3000 bike to ride home from the station
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>>1816849
>By my second year in the saddle, my injuries were veering towards the dire end of the spectrum. Specifically, I had a huge swelling on one side of my vulva that grew almost as soon as I started to train and eventually never went away. In its fifth year – 2018 – the lump got quite hard and was, literally, massive. I could no longer ignore it.
bros I think I'm over my Manon obsession...
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>>1816849
This pains me
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>>1816752
Kickstands are so useful though. Makes no sense not to have one unless your counting every gram.
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>>1816871
They often bend chainstays when they're clamped on and are prone to loosen and rattle.
I think they only belong on bikes that have plates for them because then you're not risking damaging the frame.

Also people don't understand how to park a bike, carry a strap, strap the front wheel to the downtube, then you can lean it super easy and it can't fall.
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>used police bike on government surplus auction
>Cannondale Law Enforcement 1
>look at specs
>SLX, SLX everywhere

Why the fuck do they need such high spec components? The police hardly ride the fucking bikes. They basically use the bikes as mobile stools.
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>>1816873
also mobile commie barriers
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>A new hybrid bicycle is $500
how did this happen?
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>>1816877
Where can you get one so cheap?
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>>1816879
Just checked amazon
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>>1816872
All very fair points. More bikes should come with kickstand mounts. I understand why they're not on niche specific bikes like light weight road bikes or full suspension mountain bikes, but it's so strange the amount of mounts and bosses included on some 'gravel' and commuter bikes yet they still leave out kickstand options. It's just become fashionable not to have a kickstand on nice bikes, even so-called practical and unrace bikes.

If you strap your front wheel in order to lean your bike easier you still have to lean your bike against another object. That just seems stupid to me when kickstands exist.
New product idea: lean guards. Strap/stick them to parts of your bike that contact other objects when leaned over to protect your frame, handlebars, seat, and/or pedals.
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>>1816754
What about avoiding cross chaining?
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>>1816873
they've got the money to burn
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>>1816849
I have never felt more involved with a vulva.
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>>1816849
women should not be athletes.
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>>1816746
Tell her to stop shaving her pubes
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>>1816923
In ten years none will be. Not at an elite level anyway.
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>>1816875
absolute unit on the left
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>>1816877
the big brand bikes always started at $500+
$200-400 is walmart/department store tier
trek fx 1 is decent for $600
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>>1816877
With the discount (markup) I got with my first hybrid over 10 years ago, it was around 5 hundo, maybe a bit more.
Took care of it and got back half recently. It had a good service record for me even if the components were low-tier.
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>>1816886
eh, if you park your bike in the city there should be a stand of some sort or at least a pole that it can hold on to with a lock. only a shit-tier dutch bike would be relatively safe to lock up standing on its own with an integrated rear wheel lock. for niche touring bikes it might be nice to have a double-sided kickstand like on a motorcycle for the cargo's sake. a single-sided kickstand is prone to tipping over, even the wind might catch against bikepacking bags and tip over a relatively lightweight gravel bike (lightweight compared to dutch bikes). with a gravel bike you shouldn't be afraid of dirt to the extent that you can't rest your bike on the ground if you don't have anything to lean it against.
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>>1816746
saddle is probably too high, causing inappropriate contact. reach could also be too long, causing her to rotate hips too far forward to compensate, causing the contact.
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Repeating the question from another bqg thread.

Is it possible to switch the front derailer, back derailer and the cassette and crankset (?) without breaking bank? I would like to switch it to x1. Would I need a new chain? Is it really worth the hassle? Probably obvious but newbie retard here.
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What are some mini pumps that don't suck? I've ordered couple ones ranging from 10 to 20$ but all suck, get hot when using and barely are able to inflate to like 40 PSI.
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>>1816993
I have been able to get my bike to the requisite 80 PSI with a Topeak Racerocket. If you can't manage, then I suggest that you go lift heavy things.
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>>1816993
get a track pump for home use, co2 for emergencies
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How do these tires look? Any replacement needed?
Have had this bike for a little bit over 2 years.
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>>1816977
>lock front derailleur in place with limit screws
>1x conversion finished
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>>1816993
Get a combo co2+minipump and only use the minipump as a last resort if you run out of co2 for some retarded reason.
>>1817000
They look practically new but if you secretly just want new tires I hereby give you permission to buy some.
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>>1817000
the tread pattern hasn't even worn down, most of the carcass is probably intact. but if you want to upgrade, sure, tires degrade from old age anyway and you should ideally replace them every few years even if you don't fully wear them out from riding.
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Can I use gasoline as degreaser? Was thinking of dumping my RD in it
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Why do people grease seatposts? Surely that makes them slippy? Seatposts are set & forget unless you're using a public rental bike no?
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>>1817023
Are they? You won't get it perfect the first time you're putting your bike together, what if you want to add a dropper post later?
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>>1815400
surly are the kings of steel bikes.

designed and ridden by minnesota commuters, not executive board members.

im a big surly simp
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>>1817010
Can you somehow adjust PSI on those cartridges/pumps? I just checked Amazon and most are like 90 PSi, my gravel bike goes max 60 PSI
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>>1817027
why would anyone ride steel in 2022? masochism?
carbon, aluminum or titanium for some odd reason
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>>1817033
Steel continues to have comfy ride quality not matched by other materials. The only real downside is that they rust if you don't take care.
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>>1817034
Another real downside is that it's heavy as fuck, but isn't titanium supposed to replace steel for people for who are after supposed comfy ride?
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>>1817036
There are high quality alloys that are very light for steel and are hardly any heavier than good quality aluminum. They will be quite expensive, but you're paying for better ride quality and frame durability (excl. rust).
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>>1817033
he's trolling
steel is mostly a poorfag cope because 80s/90s bikes are usually steel and aluminium/carbon from that era wasn't mature
steel is also popular on fixed gear bikes because you can lock up your bike in the city and not worry too much about cracks or dents, there's also the vintage/weeb aesthetic with old school NJS track bikes
for a build with $1000+ frameset it's clearly better to go with aluminium/carbon, the anon asking the question is self-admitted drunkard who's afraid of breaking a carbon fork in a crash
steel road/gravel bikes are generally flexier than aluminium/carbon road/gravel bikes on top of being heavier, so you'll end up like >>1816767 being very afraid of riding at highish speeds in traffic
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>>1817046
>steel is also popular on fixed gear bikes
also, a lot of the early aluminium/carbon fixies were heavy and low quality, even today it's a bit of a minefield and you should be skeptical of buying from literal who brands
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>>1816950
I feel it is in bad taste, and disrespectful towards your bike to lay it on the ground in the absence of any object on which to lean it. Of coarse most bikes can handle it. It's just very unsettling seeing any bike lying on the ground when a simple solution exists.

I often see people post pictures of their nice bikes propped up against small rocks or sticks to get the right angle/view of the surrounding scenery and it looks so unpleasant. There is a better way, but like many things in cycling it's not fashionable.

Also saddles and handlebar grips/bartape end up scuffed up or torn if you often use them as contact points when leaning.
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>>1816746
All the replies give good advice. I would like to add that she should wear tight, form fitting, elastic and smooth undergarments to decrease friction from clothing as much as possible. Also tell her to put some lubricant/cream down there to lower friction even more. Make sure it's long lasting and won't immediately absorb into the skin.
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>>1816977
>swap entire drivetrain without breaking bank
Maybe if you look for cheaper used parts. Sometimes you can find nice take off parts, but I wouldn't recommend used market for a complete beginner.
>1x worth hassle
In most cases it is not worth the hassle.
>new chain
You will need a new chain if the number of gears on your new cassette is more than on your old cassette, or if the sizes of the sprockets on new chainring or new cassette are significantly larger than the old ones. For example moving from a 32 tooth sprocket to a 40 tooth sprocket. You might want to get a new chain even if you don't technically need it just because a fresh cassette will work better with a fresh chain.

>>1816993
>>1817030
Lezyne micro floor drive is great if you can afford it and have the space to carry it. Get the high volume version if you need less than 100 psi max, high pressure version if you need more than 100 psi.
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>>1816746
Specialized power comp women's saddle. Notice how it's an indent instead of a full on empty cutout. Cutouts work for men, but squeeze and cause more discomfort for women. Women need an indented platform to comfortablely hold and relieve pressure from their sensitive soft tissues. Make sure it's wide enough for her sit bones and angled/positioned so her weight is resting on her sitbones and not on her soft tissue/genitals.

This is just a recommendation of what I have heard works for many women. In the end saddles are very personal. If her discomfort persists your just going to have to trial and error until something works. It's also likely her bike doesn't fit her as well as it should.
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>>1817089
Lezyne has the best pump heads. Both the portable pumps & track pumps.

No need to carry a valve adapter, and both sides are 'thread on', so there's no gasket to get chewed up like on Topeak pumps. They're good, but #2 in my book.)

The only complaint I have about their Micro series pumps is the cnc'd groove on the handle. It works fine for stowing the hose, but when pumping, the edges of the groove will dig into your hand. I always just take a glove, double it over and lay it on top.
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>>1817148
>>1817148
>>1817148
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>>1817030
What pressure you can get out of a cartridge depends on the cartridge size and tire size, so figure out what size cartridge will take you from flat to something useable and get that size. Ideally get a pump that lets you turn the flow on and off so you can stop it when it gets as hard as you want it. It's meant to be an emergency repair thing so you're just trying to get home, not necessarily get your PSI on the nose. I got this one and it's bretty gud but maybe topeak ones are cheaper.

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/equipment/bike-accessories/bike-pumps-accessories/bike-pumps/bontrager-air-rush-road-mini-pump/p/30675/
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>>1817034
>>1817036
>>1817043
Frame material does jack shit for ride quality. Steel fork might be slightly more flexy than carbon fiber but has a half dozen other drawbacks. If you want comfort without suspension you get wider tires and a longer/flexier seatpost, the difference of any other change is tiny in comparison.
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i keep getting fucking flats on my bike tire. 5 years of biking in the city and I never once got a flat. As soon as I move to the burbs I get a flat on almost every ride.
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>>1817608
*back tire
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>>1817608
Suburbs are shitholes, we've been telling you for decades



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